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conjure up

1. Literally, to cause something to appear, as by magic or other supernatural means. A noun or pronoun can be used between "conjure" and "up" or after "up." The magician wowed the crowd when he waved his hands and seemingly conjured up a rabbit.
2. To locate something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "conjure" and "up" or after "up." Hang on, let me see if I can conjure up a pen for you. Any luck conjuring up some limes?
3. To evoke thoughts or images of someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "conjure" and "up" or after "up." We can't name our baby Glinda—that name immediately conjures up images of The Wizard of Oz! As an author, your job is to conjure up the action in the reader's mind.
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conjure someone or something up

 
1. Lit. to make someone or something appear, seemingly by the use of magic. The magician conjured seven white doves up. Then an old wizard conjured up a horse.
2. Fig. to manage to locate someone or something. I think I can conjure a pencil up for you. Do you think you can conjure up a large coffee urn in the next half hour?
3. Fig. to manage to think up or imagine someone or something in one's mind. Can you conjure a vision of grandma up? All I could do was to conjure up happy memeories.
See also: conjure, up
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This is Everett at his best, conjuring up visions and images to bewitch the reader.
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The patternings of exposed root systems that we see in these mixed-media pieces wend their way through each piece enigmatically, conjuring up images of exposed nerve endings.
Championship Cars) is just one example of the extremely rare and valuable cars competing: it features not only 917K Porsches but also two Ferrari 512s and two Ford GT-40s, reminiscent of those competing in the late 1960s and conjuring up images of the 1969 Le Mans race where, at the finish, a Ford GT-40 won by a mere two seconds over a Porsche 908, making history as the closest margin of victory at Le Mans and perhaps the most exciting race finish ever.